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A Fine Time To Miss The Fat Tire Bike…

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Some days luck just chooses to look the other way.  I wrote yesterday, “…and the switch will get me onto the back roads where I can enjoy a little serenity and shelter from the daily traffic grind of my normal route…besides, I really am missing my mountain bike a bit”.

That said, I jumped on the old fat tire bike yesterday for a lively 15.5 mile ride on the back roads.  By the third mile I began to realize how soft I’d become riding my road bike so much.  And on the fourth mile, lady luck smacked me in the melon.  It turns out, yesterday was the day that the county road commission was grating and treating back roads in my neck of the woods.  Unfortunately I hit the back roads after the grate and before the treatment so it was like riding on dry cement powder.  I was kicking up a rooster tail at 16 mph.  Add to that a choking dust cloud with every passing car and my ride was sucking pretty good.  I maintained 16 mph average for about 13 of the miles before the powder became too much.  I slowed it down and just cruised back.

My daughter took a photo after I got back:

The ride was so nasty that I had to breathe through my nose just in the hope that my nose hair would do its job and filter out some of the dust.

This is going to be a busy weekend, so it’ll be an 18 miler this morning, a full slate of running and riding tomorrow with the awesome weather we’re supposed to have and possibly, gasp, a day off on Sunday – my sister is getting married…  YES!


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